If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, you may be wondering where to go for testing. Many people choose to go to their local urgent care center for testing.
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COVID TESTING IN NEWPORT BEACH
We offer the same service and care you expect from your physician’s office, to get your COVID-19 testing quickly and safely.
Lab PCR TEST
Lab PCR tests are typically more accurate than rapid tests, but they can take longer to get results. Our lab-based PCR tests take about 24-48 hours.
RAPID PCR TEST
The rapid RT-PCR testing is particularly useful for those who require a quick diagnosis. However, rapid PCR tests are not as accurate as lab-based PCR tests, so it is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine which type of test is right for you.
RAPID ANTIGEN TEST
Antigen tests are most accurate when performed within the first week of infection, when levels of viral proteins are at their highest. However, these tests can also be positive in people who have been infected for longer but have not yet developed symptoms.
Positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate, but there is a higher chance of false negatives, so negative results do not rule out infection. With this in mind, negative results from an antigen test may need to be confirmed with a PCR test prior to making treatment decisions or to prevent the possible spread of the virus due to a false negative. While rapid antigen tests are not as accurate as PCR tests, they are much less expensive and can be performed more quickly, making them useful for screening large groups of people.
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QUICK AND EASY COVID TESTING NEAR YOU
At NCUC, we care about you and your health, and want to get you tested quickly and efficiently, so you can start on your path to recovery. Whatever your health care needs, please know we are here for you.